spectators on a boat next to a large iceberg

Snapshots | Iceland with the Alpha 7 IV

Marcel Siebert

You can expect to discover the unexpected in a country where elves live and where a boulder with its own house number stands between two houses along a roadside. The photographer Marcel Siebert probably didn’t meet any elves or trolls in Iceland. And if he did, at least he didn’t get them in front of his camera. But he was enchanted by the diversity of Iceland’s natural world. This nature-loving globetrotter, who lives in the Allgäu and spends plenty of time in nature and the mountains, shares a few of these special moments with us here.

“What fascinates me about Iceland is not only the variety and beauty of the widely diverse landscapes on this island in the North Atlantic. It’s their combination – sometimes bizarre, sometimes mythical – that captures the viewer,” Marcel explains. “This is the feeling I want to convey to the people who view my photographs. And the only way to accomplish that is with reliable, top-quality equipment.”

With Sony’s Alpha 7 IV camera and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II and FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II lenses in his daypack, he was optimally well equipped to achieve his ambitious goal.

lone car on a deserted icelandic road

© Marcel Siebert | Sony α7 IV + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II | 1/800s @ f/6.3, ISO 250

Compact and weighing just over one kilo, Sony’s new FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II telephoto zoom lens is the lightest in its class, weighing almost 30% less than its predecessor. Its low weight is pleasantly noticeable on hikes across mountains and along glaciers. At the same time, the enhanced G Master telephoto zoom lens really scores points here in terms of image quality. This is also clearly visible in this shot of a group of hikers on their way to a glacier excursion.

group of hikers making their way up a mountain

© Marcel Siebert | Sony α7 IV + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II | 1/1000s @ f/4.5, ISO 320

Sony’s new and improved FE 24-70 mm f/2.8 GM II standard zoom lens is likewise excellently well suited for capturing the impressive vastness of the landscape. The smallest and lightest lens in its class, it weighs just 695g - much lighter than its predecessor. The length was shortened by 16 mm and the overall volume was reduced by nearly 18%. So it’s not surprising that this lens quickly became Marcel’s new favorite on his Iceland trip. “I had the new 24-70mm on my camera most of the time in Iceland. This lens is extraordinary lightweight and reliable in all weather conditions; its high quality totally convinced me, whether for shooting videos or stills,” Marcel says. These features perfectly sum up its universal suitability for everyday use, while simultaneously satisfying the most rigorous demands for usability and image quality.

icelandic waterfall in a majestic landscape

© Marcel Siebert | Sony α7 IV + FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM | 1/1250s @ f/5.6, ISO 500

“I was absolutely thrilled to see how Iceland’s landscapes change their moods and atmospheres,” Marcel enthuses about his time in Iceland. “On the one hand, there’s the barren, rugged landscape with its impressive waterfalls. On the other hand, there’s the bizarre coastal landscape with its amazing beaches. Iceland offers a diversity that can be found so close together at only a very few places on Earth. Anybody who has ever been there will quickly understand that elves and trolls are highly appreciated in this magical landscape,” says Marcel, who adds with a grin: “As a native of the Allgäu region, I’m no stranger to the world of myths and legends. Who knows? Maybe there’s a sort of kinship between the souls of Allgäu and Iceland.”

group of hikers making their way towards a glacier

© Marcel Siebert | Sony α7 IV + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II | 1/1000s @ f/4.5, ISO 320

From elves and trolls back to civilization. Or at least to an inkling of civilization as conveyed by the often miles-long roads that cut straight across the landscape. Past and present touch each other here, creating a very special moment that Marcel shares with us.

“I got some beautiful shots in Iceland with the new 24-70mm GM II lens. Thanks to Sony’s compatible E-mount system, you can adapt the lenses for a wide variety of cameras and, of course, you can continue to use them when you change cameras,” Marcel concludes, pointing out an important advantage of Sony’s equipment for him. All that’s missing now to complete the panorama of his trip are the wild ponies for which the island is famous, among so many other things. Marcel has captured them too in a perfect moment to share with us.

group of icelandic horses in a field

© Marcel Siebert | Sony α7 IV + FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II | 1/1250s @ f/3.5, ISO 200

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